Marcelo Bielsa sent six members of his Leeds United backroom staff to scout Wigan Athletic’s Championship clash against Norwich City on Sunday, according to Phil Hay.
The Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent claimed on his personal Twitter account he was told by a Wigan source that half a dozen of the Argentine’s men were in attendance for the 1-1 stalemate.
Hay stated that the level of analysis from Bielsa is “off the scale”, as he had a dig a pundit Dean Saunders for claiming the Argentine is doing nothing different to other Football League managers.
Someone who was at Wigan today tells me that just the six members of Bielsa’s backroom staff were sent to the draw with Norwich earlier. I know Dean Saunders doesn’t rate it but the analysis he’s doing is off the scale.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) April 14, 2019
Football Insider verdict:
Hay is harking back to the reaction to ‘Spygate’ in January when he alludes to the criticism of Bielsa from Saunders and other like-minded pundits, who were unimpressed at the Argentine for spying on opponents’ training sessions. What the journalist is making clear is that the level of analysis of Leeds’ opponents from Bielsa is second to none. It goes far beyond sending an opposition scout to check out forthcoming opponents – Leeds play Wigan on Good Friday – and compiling a five-page dossier. Sending six backroom staff is quite extraordinary, even by the standards of the unorthodox and groundbreaking United boss, who has transformed the fortunes of his team this season and put them in a great place to secure automatic promotion. Certainly, there is no chance whatsover of the manager resting on his laurels or not continuing to leave all stones unturned.
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